A man has been arrested by police investigating the death of Trainspotting actor Bradley Welsh.
The reformed gangster was shot in the head at point-black range by an assassin disguised as a jogger outside his Edinburgh home last Wednesday night.
Underworld sources claimed the hit was put on the 48-year-old’s head as a warning to one of his associates.
Police investigating the death of Trainspotting actor Bradley Welsh arrested a man this morning
Welsh was gunned down on his Edinburgh doorstep last Wednesday night in an apparent gangland hit
Police Scotland confirmed the arrest this morning and said the suspect had been released pending further inquiries.
The force said it couldn’t disclose the suspect’s age for ‘operation reasons’.
A spokesperson said: ‘A man has been arrested in connection with the murder of 48-year-old Bradley Welsh in Chester Street, Edinburgh, on Wednesday, April 17.
‘He has been released pending further inquiries, however legal proceedings are now active.
‘This investigation is continuing and anyone who has information, but has yet to come forward, is asked to do so immediately.’
Earlier today, underworld sources revealed Welsh’s murder was a warning shot aimed at Mark Richardson, 32, who is currently serving eight years for his role in a £200million organised gang which smuggled guns and drugs into Scotland.
Cocaine baron Mark Richardson, a close friend of Welsh, is said to have a £50,000 price tag on his head
Sources said a £50,000 reward has been put up by a rival gang for anyone who can take the drugs kingpin out.
The source told The Daily Record: ‘The figures doing the rounds are £10k for Welsh and £50k for anyone who takes out Richardson. Murder is cheap. Some people would do it for less.’
Mr Welsh was engaged to be married at the time he was killed and has a young daughter, Eva Tiger.
The gym owner, who in recent years was a charity worker, was warned by police weeks ago that his life was in danger.
His killer reportedly pulled a ‘shotgun-type weapon’ from underneath his clothing and blasted the father-of-one.
Police described the hitman as between 20 and 30 years of age, between 5ft 10ins and 6ft tall, with a slim build and tanned complexion.
Mr Welsh with Danny Dyer who featured him in an episode of Danny Dyer’s Deadliest Men
The reformed criminal with Celtic Football Club manager Neil Lennon in a social media photo
He was wearing a baseball cap and was casually dressed.
In an interview with the Edinburgh Evening News on April 13, Welsh recalled how jail time had made him realise being behind bars ‘was for imbeciles’ and said boxing had been his ‘way out of the ghetto’.
But the 42-year-old admitted his past was never far away, saying: ‘It’s always with me but I don’t have to atone myself for anybody.
Forensics outside Welsh’s Edinburgh home, where he was gunned down as he went down the steps to his front door
‘The things I did, they were wrong, but I understand why I did them, because I had f**k all.
‘Of course, I regret them. I have a daughter and a wee boy who is like a son to me, and I want a better society. That’s why I do what I do.’
Welsh starred alongside Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle in T2 Trainspotting, playing gangland figure Mr Doyle.